Why it's important When kids know they can count on friends and family members, they feel more secure -- and will start to look out for others too. "Explain that we're all here to help and support one another," says Eyre.
Bring it to life Go through a family album with your child, and let her pick out a few of her favorite pictures. Have her stick them on a poster board (hint: write "My Family" on top). Then bring up a time when you've depended on one of the people she selected ("Remember when Uncle Fred helped us put your swingset together?"), and recall instances when your child has helped out someone else ("When you made that painting of a smiley face for Grandma because she wasn't feeling well, it really put a smile on her face").
Read and learn Will and Squill, by Emma Chichester Clark. When his parents get a new kitten, a boy ignores his squirrel buddy. Then he realizes he shouldn't abandon old friends.